What does rachis mean?

Definitions for rachisˈreɪ kɪs; ˈræk ɪˌdiz, ˈreɪ kɪ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rachis.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rachis(noun)

    axis of a compound leaf or compound inflorescence

  2. spinal column, vertebral column, spine, backbone, back, rachis(noun)

    the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord

    "the fall broke his back"


  1. rachis(Noun)

    The main shaft of either a compound leaf, head of grain, or fern frond.

  2. rachis(Noun)

    The spine or the vertebrae of the spine.

  3. rachis(Noun)

    The central shaft of a feather.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rachis(noun)

    the spine; the vertebral column

  2. Rachis(noun)

    same as Rhachis

  3. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. "ra`chis, -ios.]


  1. Rachis

    Rachis is a biological term for a main axis or "shaft".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rachis

    rā′kis, n. the spine: (bot.) a branch or axis of inflorescence which proceeds in nearly a straight line from the base to the apex:—pl. Rā′chidēs.—n. Rāchial′gia, pain in the spine.—adjs. Rāchial′gic; Rāchid′ial, Rāchid′ian.—n. Rāchil′la, a secondary rachis in a compound inflorescence.—adj. Rāchit′ic, rickety.—ns. Rāchī′tis, rickets in children (see Rickets): (bot.) a disease which produces abortion in the fruit; Rāch′itome, an anatomical instrument for opening the spinal canal. [Gr. rachis, the spine.]

Anagrams for rachis »

  1. Sirach

  2. chairs


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rachis in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rachis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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